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Young man shot dead in possible ‘targeted’ Walthamstow attack

This marks the third murder on the borough’s streets in only a few weeks
By Waltham Forest Echo

Kacey Boothe
Kacey Boothe

A young man was shot to death in Walthamstow this weekend, less than a month after the last young man was gunned down in the area.

Police were called to Forest Rise shortly before 9.30pm on Saturday, 13th August, after reports of gunshots.

The victim, 25-year-old Kacey Boothe, was driven to hospital by loved ones but tragically died there from his injuries.

So far there have been no arrests.

In a statement to the press, Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith said the police currently believe it was a “targeted attack” but added they are “keeping an open mind to all possibilities”.

He said: “We understand that there was a party going on at a nearby community centre at the time of the shooting. It is possible that attendees may have seen what happened.

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“We need you to speak to us. Whether you do so anonymously via Crimestoppers or you come to us directly- we need to know what you saw.”

Local Chief Superintendent Simon Crick added: “I am deeply saddened and appalled that another young man has lost his life on our streets. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family at this time.

“I am acutely aware of how concerning this incident will be for our local community. Last week more of your officers were deployed into key locations in Waltham Forest to provide high visibility re-assurance. This will continue this week.

“We have also seen addition resources provided to us from our Violent Crime Task Force. Violence suppression continues daily in many ways across Waltham Forest.

“Your officers will be in the vicinity of this tragic incident today. I urge anyone who has any concerns or information to speak with them.”

If you have any information that could help the investigation please call police on 101 and give reference 7405/14Aug.

To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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